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This Disruptive Startup is Using Drones to Deliver Blood and Save Lives [WATCH]

Disruptive technology is driving through Africa at such an unprecedented pace

Keller Rinaudo wants everyone on earth to have access to basic health care, no matter how hard it is to reach them. “Post-partum hemorrhaging (bleeding after child birth) is not a Rwandan problem– it’s not a developing-world problem, this is a global problem. Maternal health is a challenge everywhere. The main difference is that Rwanda was the first country to ...

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50,000 Nigerians to Be Trained as Lagos Overtakes Nairobi as Africa’s Startup Capital

Lagos is the economic hub of Africa ( REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

As Africa’s tech startups and their founders go about creating disrupting industries or, in some cases, building new ones, they’ve typically tended to mushroom across three major ecosystems: Nairobi, Cape Town and Lagos. But over the past year, Lagos’ claim as the continent’s startup epicenter has gained currency. For starters, it’s the continent’s most valuable ecosystem with its startups typically ...

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Biomedical Engineers from across Africa are Coming Together to Make Medical Devices

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering can save lives. It draws on and integrates knowledge from disciplines like engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and public health as well as clinical practice. This knowledge is combined to improve health – often through the design of medical devices for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Most of Africa’s medical equipment is imported. “Equipment graveyards” become the final resting ...

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Nigerianism: Get to Know About AfriOne, Nigeria’s First Smartphone Making Company

AfriOne is made-in-Nigeria

AfriOne Nigeria Limited launched Nigeria’s first assembly plant geared towards the manufacture of smartphones and other consumer devices. According to a spokesperson for AfriOne; “This marks the availability of the first in-country produced smartphones for sale in then Nigerian marketplace.” The fact that AfriOne range of smartphones are said to be the “first Nigerian-made smartphones”, is true to a certain extent. ...

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Final Year Students in Malawi Develop a Smart Stick to Help the Blind Move with Ease

Final years students of the University of Livingstonia develop a smart stick for the poor (photo: progressmalawi.com)

Africa is the continent with the youngest people, one full of opportunities and with an amazing amount of young talent. I am an ardent believer that this talent will drive the science and technology agenda of the future.” – Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor Cambridge University. Decades ago, Africa rarely came to mind when considering tech and innovation, but over time, the continent ...

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Spybot: Covenant University Students and Lecturers Have Built a Surveillance Device

Spybot' was recently unveiled at Covenant University

Education is the key! There are no truer words, when given the right education by proper mentors there is nothing you cannot aim to achieve. The Nigerian education sector might not be the best in the world but we are definitely working to get there. Genius students from a prestigious Nigerian university and their lecturers have amazed the world after ...

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Have You Heard? Nigerian University Develops Test Kits for Ebola and Lassa Fever

Two patented rapid diagnosis test kits for the Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Virus have been developed by scientists from the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State. The test kits can detect the virus in human body fluids in 10 minutes.   According to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Debo Adeyewa noted that the test ...

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How Young Girls in Kenya Are Solving Social And Health Problems

Having to be in a queue or waiting at length for anything can be tiring and annoying. But when people get robbed or die as a result, then it’s become a problem that must be tackled. 17-year-old Caroline Wambui and 16-year-old Harriet Karanja, both college students in Kenya, are tackling such social and health issues “a code at a time”. ...

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BREAKING: What Brings Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg to Nigeria?

The news broke yesterday that the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria, his first visit to Africa. According to venturesafrica.com, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is currently in Nigeria. Although Zuckerberg’s visit to the country was not announced prior to his arrival, the surprise visit comes on the heels of several Facebook-linked developments ...

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The Number of Technology Hubs Across Africa Have More Than Doubled in Months

The number of technology hubs across Africa have more than doubled in less than a year as more investors and innovators grow the local startup ecosystem beyond the most popular cities. A total of 314 tech hubs and incubation centers were recorded in July by the global telecoms industry body GSMA’s Ecosystem Accelerator, a program that works to enable partnerships ...

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